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Meet Me at The Tenement Museum

When arriving in NYC, immediately you may want to go to the Statue of Liberty or Central Park, both great places to visit if it’s your first time to the city. But if you are like me, I recommend an underrated attraction that’s off the beaten path, like the Tenement Museum, which is less than a half hour away from our midtown hotel, in the lower east side. When you visit The Tenement Museum, you will step back to the beginnings of New York City’s settlement after the great Ellis Island migration. This museum is a series of restored tenement apartments with costumed "residents" that give a glimpse into the daily lives immigrants that called the building home for decades. Pay a visit to the Russian Rogarshevsky family’s garment workshop, understand how the German-Jewish Gumpertz family survived the great depression, and learn how the Irish Moore family overcame feeling like an outsider in a foreign land. You can learn all of these families’ stories and understand how a diverse group of immigrants helped make New York City what it is today.

- The Roger

The Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, New York. Between Broome and Delancey Street

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